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Which laptop is the a better buy? 5650 +i7 VS 5730 + weak cpu(p920)

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December 16, 2010 1:50:36 PM

ok i was looking for the best sub $800 laptop for gaming....

5730's have just lowered in price and fit in this budget but their problem is that they ALWAYS come with a very weak cpu , like a P920 right now, which is a quad core but 1.6GHZ means its probably very horrible for gaming....

on the otherhand, u can usually find a deal of a 5650 with i7 720/740QM for sub 800 (currently theres an hp laptop deal going on for these specs)

yes i know that graphic card are what really matter, but the thing is that i dont think there is a very great difference between these graphics card and processors do matter somewhat, and there is a HUGE difference between the processors...

so basically i wanted to know if both laptops cost the same and everything else is equal (a bigger screensize to me is just as attractive as a smaller screen size), then which will provide the better FPS in games.. estimates from notebook check point to the 5650 bing better, but i hear that notebookcheck isnt always very reliable

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a c 244 D Laptop
December 16, 2010 3:07:54 PM

5730M is faster than 5650M and since most games are GPU limited, the 5730M/P920 combo will give you better gaming performance.
December 16, 2010 3:48:46 PM

ya but even if a game is gpu limited, cpu increase does have SOME effect, like going from a n830 to an i7 gives u atleast 6 to 7 fps.. ?(according to notebbookcheck)
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a c 244 D Laptop
December 16, 2010 4:02:11 PM

It depends on the resolution.On lower resolutions yes, but on higher resolutions there isn't much of a difference.
December 16, 2010 4:29:28 PM

so is 1366x768 considered as lower or higher resolution..
December 16, 2010 5:31:39 PM

graphics cards do play one of the most important roles in a gaming machines but having a good graphics card and a weak cpu wont deliver best experience.
i think you should go with the quad i7 and the 5650 graphics card as it is powerful and with an i7 you will get better gaming experience.
a b D Laptop
December 17, 2010 2:39:21 AM

Maziar already gave you the correct answer. Why are you arguing with him? And for that matter, where do you get off calling the AMD Phenom II X4 P920 a weak cpu? How many other craptops do you know of that have a Quad-Core CPU in them? There aren't many and they certainly don't compare to their desktop counterparts. I know the laptop you're talking about because I've personally recommended it to several people as a fantastic gaming laptop for under $800. You're obviously referring to the ASUS N52DA-X1 on sale for $780 at newegg. You now have TWO people who know WAY more about x86 computers telling you that the N52DA-X1 is the way to go. And NO, the i7 and 5650 will NOT give you a better gaming experience than the P920 and 5730 because all a CPU has to do is NOT bottleneck the GPU to get max performance. The 5650 with the i7 will give you a WORSE gaming experience because the 5650 can't match the 5730 and the 5730 won't be bottlenecked by the P920. Marios doesn't know what he's talking about but Maziar and I both do. :sol: 
a c 244 D Laptop
December 17, 2010 5:35:23 AM

death_relic0 said:
so is 1366x768 considered as lower or higher resolution..

Low,but since the other model has 5730M,it will still perform faster.
December 19, 2010 3:54:48 PM

lolz, thanks for the advice.. Avro Arrows post was , well, energetic and it pretty much made me make up my mind...

in any case, guess i will be going for the 5730 now inshALlah, although i will wait a bit, just a while ago lenovo y560 was with 5730 was for 750, and a xps was also on a discount (although that was for aberly 6 hours, couldnt do anything within that time), otherwise the asus one definately!
December 19, 2010 5:40:46 PM

Best answer selected by death_relic0.
a b D Laptop
December 19, 2010 10:29:33 PM

Huzzah! :sol: 
a c 244 D Laptop
December 20, 2010 6:00:32 AM

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